Module A: Advancing Palliative & EOL Care

CE Credits: 1.5

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This module explores the reasons why palliative care is both a philosophy of care and a highly structured care delivery system. It begins at the time a life-threatening or debilitating illness or injury is diagnosed and is appropriate across all stages of the illness trajectory.
Expecting people to understand or have meaningful conversations about palliative care and end-of-life (EOL) care issues presumes a common vocabulary. Establishing a common vocabulary is essential because it provides the basis upon which to define palliative care.

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Learning objectives: After completing this module the case manager will be able to:
» Define palliative and EOL care
» Discuss the continuum and characteristics of palliative and EOL care
» Describe the growing prevalence of and access to palliative and EOL care
» Review landmarks and progress in the recognition of palliative and EOL care
» Identify barriers to the utilization of palliative and EOL care

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Advance your professional practice:: Case managers need to understand the spectrum of services across the palliative care and EOL continuum to educate patients and other transdisciplinary team members on the following:
» What palliative care is
» What role it plays in supporting patients with chronic serious illness
» What role it plays near the end of life

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Improve organizational performance: Clarifying our knowledge can help case managers facilitate advancing patients into the appropriate level of palliative care in a timely fashion; that way, we can offer to achieve the highest quality of life, raise patient and family satisfaction and achieve value in care delivery.